The new version of the SevenCs ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems (IEC 61174 Standard edition 4.0; IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0; IHO S-64 Test Standard edition 3.0).
Eric Rottman, Kernel SDK product manager, commented, “A major focus of the release version 5.20 has been laid on detection and indication of danger and caution objects. Now it is specified which objects have to be treated as navigational hazards, areas for which special conditions exist and safety contour related objects.”
According to the developer, the new version’s highlights include revised and new definitions for the chart and mariner’s settings, i.e. display categories, viewing group layers and so-called display selectors; enable the display of the status of a chart of any past time or time interval based on the applied chart updates; and lists only those objects in a pick report which are displayed according to the chart settings.
An advantage of the new version is the new test frame, SevenCs noted. It is included in the delivery and supports all S-64 chart display tests.
The new version features the new stand-alone chart handling tool, ChartHandler, which allows for handling large amounts of data and sets a benchmark for chart loading and updating in the industry.